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The Martyrdom of Saint Menas
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1580
Veronese, Paolo (Paolo Cagliari)
The Martyrdom of Saint Menas
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1580
Veronese, Paolo (Paolo Cagliari)

Saint Mena extends his arms and raises his gaze to Heaven, refusing to worship the graven idol presented to him at the left of the composition. As a result, he was martyred and decapitated. His suffer [+]

Saint Bruno Appears to Rogerio Guiscardo, Count of Apulia and Calabria
Oil on canvas. 1626 - 1632
Carducho, Vicente
Saint Bruno Appears to Rogerio Guiscardo, Count of Apulia and Calabria
Oil on canvas. 1626 - 1632
Carducho, Vicente

On August 29, 1626, King Philip IV’s painter, Vicente Carducho (ca. 1576-1638), signed a contract for the creation of a cycle of paintings to celebrate the founding of the Carthusian Order by Saint Br [+]

The Spanish Monarchy
Grisaille, Oil on canvas. 1794
Bayeu, Francisco
The Spanish Monarchy
Grisaille, Oil on canvas. 1794
Bayeu, Francisco

A sketch for a ceiling at Madrid´s Royal Palace, painted in 1794. Bayeu used grisaille technique: a monochrome depiction in shades of gray and chestnut brown. The Spanish Monarchy is represented by an [+]

Pilate washing his Hands
Oil on copperplate. After 1655
Giordano, Luca
Pilate washing his Hands
Oil on copperplate. After 1655
Giordano, Luca

Esta pintura ha sido relacionada con Durero (1471-1528) y con Lucas de Leiden (1494-1533). Supone un sobresaliente ejercicio de estilo que manifiesta su atenta observación de originales alemanes del s [+]

The Resurrection of Christ
Tempera on pine panel. Second third of the XVI century
Correa de Vivar, Juan
The Resurrection of Christ
Tempera on pine panel. Second third of the XVI century
Correa de Vivar, Juan

Christ returned to life, triumphant alongside the sarcophagus that held his body for three days after his death on Golgotha, was a frequent subject in Correa´s work. The retable for the convent of the [+]

The Martyrdom of Saint Agnes
Oil on panel. 1540 - 1545
Macip, Vicente
The Martyrdom of Saint Agnes
Oil on panel. 1540 - 1545
Macip, Vicente

Masip depicts this fourth-century Roman saint´s second martyrdom, when, after having been condemned to be burned at the stake, the flames miraculously failed to touch her body and she was finall [+]

The Fall of Lucifer
Oil on canvas. 1840
Esquivel, Antonio María
The Fall of Lucifer
Oil on canvas. 1840
Esquivel, Antonio María

Lucifer was one of God´s favorite angels. He was expulsed from Heaven when he rebelled against His power. To represent the subject, Esquivel chose the moment when, with a stern expression, Saint Micha [+]

The Death of Viriatus, Chief of the Lusitanians
Oil on canvas. 1807
Madrazo y Agudo, José de
The Death of Viriatus, Chief of the Lusitanians
Oil on canvas. 1807
Madrazo y Agudo, José de

This work was part of a series of canvases with scenes recalling how the people of the Iberian Peninsula resisted Roman domination. The idea for this series grew out of a patriotic impulse against the [+]

Messina returned to Spain
Oil on canvas. 1678
Giordano, Luca
Messina returned to Spain
Oil on canvas. 1678
Giordano, Luca

This work is a magnificent example of works from the middle period of Luca Giordano, the Italian artist known in Spains as Lucas Jordán. It shows the decorative character that predominated in Italian [+]

Philip II
Oil on canvas. 1551
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Philip II
Oil on canvas. 1551
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

Philip II was Titian’s most important patron, and the pair’s artistic relationship was one of the most fecund of the Renaissance. They met twice while Philip was still a prince, in Milan (December 154 [+]

Mars
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1638
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Mars
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1638
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

The first documentation of Diego Velazquez´s Mars is from 1701-03, when it appeared in the inventory of paintings at the Torre de la Parada, the royal hunting pavilion on the outskirts of Madrid. The [+]

Jesus in the House of Annas
Oil on canvas. 1803
Madrazo y Agudo, José de
Jesus in the House of Annas
Oil on canvas. 1803
Madrazo y Agudo, José de

This religious scene with its life-size figures, is treated in the sober manner usually applied to scenes from Roman history. It was the first major painting produced by Madrazo whilst training in Par [+]

Jesus carrying the Cross
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1516
Piombo, Sebastiano del
Jesus carrying the Cross
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1516
Piombo, Sebastiano del

Jerónimo Vich y Valterra (1459-1535) was Spain’s ambassador to Rome between 1506 and 1521, under the reigns of Ferdinand the Catholic and Charles V. Vich commissioned Sebastiano del Piombo to p [+]

Don Quixote Dubbed a Knight
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1720
Iriarte, Valero
Don Quixote Dubbed a Knight
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1720
Iriarte, Valero

The scene, with a distinctly genre flavour, depicts a passage from Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616). The main figure, wearing armour, kneels awaiting to be dubbed a knight; the amusing f [+]

Olympus or The Triumph of Venus
Oil on canvas. 1761 - 1764
Tiepolo, Giovanni Battista
Olympus or The Triumph of Venus
Oil on canvas. 1761 - 1764
Tiepolo, Giovanni Battista

This is a sketch for a no-longer extant painting on canvas intended to decorate a ceiling in a building of the imperial court of Russia, whose memory is preserved in an engraving made by Giambattista& [+]

Athaulf
Oil on canvas. 1858
Madrazo y Garreta, Raimundo de
Athaulf
Oil on canvas. 1858
Madrazo y Garreta, Raimundo de

The Chronological Series of the Kings of Spain was a museum project planned in 1847 by José de Madrazo to adorn four of the new rooms at the Real Museo de Pinturas (Royal Museum of Paintings), [+]

The Recapture of Saint Christopher
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1635
Castello, Félix
The Recapture of Saint Christopher
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1635
Castello, Félix

The island of Saint Christopher (modern-day Saint Kitts) in the Lesser Antilles was invaded by the English and French and recaptured by Spanish forces in 1629. The Spanish expedition was led by Fadriq [+]

The Death of Viriatus, Chief of the Lusitanians (preparatory sketch)
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1807
Madrazo y Agudo, José de
The Death of Viriatus, Chief of the Lusitanians (preparatory sketch)
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1807
Madrazo y Agudo, José de

This preparatory sketch for the large-scale canvas painted by Madrazo in Rome (also on display in this room) reveals various differences with respect to the final composition. Madrazo gave more space [+]

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